The Payment Information Repository:
FMS's Centralized Repository for Federal Payment Data
By Karen Brown and Robert Walker, Project Management Division
The Payment Information Repository (PIR) is a multi-year initiative that will create a centralized information repository for federal payment related data. The PIR is a Financial Management Service (FMS) modernization effort aimed at improving and increasing the transparency of government payments, as well as streamlining the reporting of accounting classification information from Non-Treasury Disbursing Offices (NTDOs).
The repository will be populated using a phased approach, which will allow the PIR to support other business objectives such as the decommissioning of CA$HLINK II new reporting to the Central Accounting and Reporting System (CARS). Once fully implemented, the PIR will allow authorized users to perform a variety of business intelligence and analytical functions on payment related information, enabling agencies and FMS to better monitor and react to emerging payment trends.
Starting mid-Calendar Year (CY)2012, the PIR will be populated with summary-level payment information currently available in CA$HLINK II. In doing so, the PIR will enable NTDOs to view payment-related voucher data. Additionally, late in (CY)2012, the PIR will provide NTDOs with a mechanism to submit payment classification information to CARS.
The next phase of the project, scheduled for (CY)2013, will see the PIR obtain information on Treasury disbursing offices payment data. As the repository of information grows, the PIR will be well positioned to support President Obama's Jan. 21, 2009 Memorandum entitled, "Transparency and Open Government" (known as E-government), by interfacing with USAspending.gov and providing business analytics on payment information.
The final objective of the project is to become one of multiple information repositories to provide information through the Financial Information Repository (FIR). While it is anticipated that business line specific analytics and reporting will be conducted in the individual repositories, cross-business line analytics will be performed in the FIR.
For more information about the PIR, please contact Karen.Brown@fms.treas.gov (Project Manager), Robert.Walker@fms.treas.gov (Deputy Project Manager), Gavin.Jackson@fms.treas.gov (Business Owner), or Margot.Kaeser@fms.treas.gov (Business Contact).